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Holiday Happenings in the Harbor


As the holiday spirit fills the air, Safety Harbor is gearing up to embrace the joyous season with an array of exciting citywide events. From festive markets to dazzling light displays, the city has curated a calendar full of activities to bring the community together in celebration. Here’s a glimpse into the magical events planned for this holiday season:

Tree Lighting Ceremony at John Wilson Park & Gazebo – December 1st, 6 PM

Experience the magic as Safety Harbor inaugurates the holiday season with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at John Wilson Park & Gazebo on Main Street. Join in the community celebration and witness the splendor of the illuminated night.

Christmas Parade – December 3rd, 10 AM

Don’t miss the enchanting Christmas Parade featuring floats, vintage cars, community groups, and the arrival of Santa Claus, spreading joy along the parade route.

Santa Claus Tours by Safety Harbor Fire Department – December 8, 9, 15, and 16, starting at 6:00 PM

Santa and his elves will traverse Safety Harbor’s neighborhoods on select evenings, starting promptly at 6:00 PM. The fire department has arranged routes available on the Safety Harbor Santa Tracker page, enabling families to track Santa’s tour in real-time. Gather your loved ones, listen for the merry jingle of sleigh bells, and catch Santa spreading joy throughout the city streets.

Visit our events pages for links to the Santa Tracker and maps.

Santa’s Twilight 5K – Saturday, December 9, 2023, 7 PM to 9 PM

Join the festive fun at Santa’s Twilight 5K, a holiday-themed night run held at the Safety Harbor Marina. Participants will receive a cool shirt, a holiday-themed finisher medal, glow sticks for the run, jingle bells for shoes, and delightful holiday cookies and hot chocolate at the finish line.

More info on Santa’s Twilight 5K

The Kiwanis Arts & Crafts Show – December 10th, 9 AM to 4 PM

Discover handmade treasures at the Kiwanis Arts & Crafts Show on Main Street, where vendors offer unique items perfect for holiday gifts.

More info on Kiwanis Art Show

3rd Friday Holiday Special Edition – December 15th, 5 PM to 10 PM

Experience a unique holiday edition of the beloved 3rd Friday event, focusing on holiday celebrations across nine blocks of Main Street.

Harbor Holiday Nights – December 14th, 15th, 16th at 6PM

Gather your friends and family for an enchanting adventure at Harbor Holiday Nights from Thursday, December 14th to Saturday, December 16th, running from 6 PM to 9 PM each evening. Prepare to be swept away on a magical Trolley Ride to the Candy Cane Forest! Keep an eye out for ticket details coming soon at an unbeatable price of $5 per person.

Immerse yourself in the dazzling holiday lights, indulge in the warmth of a crackling campfire, and delight in an array of lively children’s activities and much, much more! It’s a celebration of festive joy and wonder that you won’t want to miss.

Convenient free parking and a shuttle service await you at Cedar Street and Elm Street, ensuring easy access to this festive wonderland. Join us for an unforgettable evening filled with holiday cheer and heartwarming memories!

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